Fiery Harissa Paste

fiery harissa paste

Fiery Harissa Paste
makes about 2 cups

Chillies can vary enormously in their intensity which makes cooking with them a big moving target.

I tend to use less chillies and keep the seeds in because it’s quicker and I like the heat. Feel free to deseed if you prefer a milder harissa. Or increase the chilli count if you are more dare-devilish.

1 jar roasted red peppers (450g / 16oz), drained
10 small red chillies,
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
4 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Place peppers, chilli, paprika, caraway seeds and lemon juice in a food processor. Whizz until you have a smooth-ish paste.

2. Stir through 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Taste and season.

Shelf Life

Will keep for a month or so in the fridge. OK for a few days out of the fridge if you need to post or transport your gift somewhere.


home cooked peppers – grill, cool and peel red peppers yourself if you can’t find jarred ones or prefer to do things from scratch.

Problem Solving Guide

too hot – add more olive oil to balance it out.

bland – add more chillies and season.

don’t have a food processor?
– just finely chop everything toghether by hand. The mixture will be more chunky and rustic but still absolutely delicious.

can’t find smoked paprika? – just skip it or try regular paprika.

Packaging Suggestions

Needs an air tight container. I like glass jars.

Ingredients List

red peppers (capsicum), chilli, lemon, carraway seeds, paprika

Serving Suggestions

as a sauce – serve (sparingly) straight from the jar with roast veg, roast chicken or grilled halloumi. Pretty much works anywhere you’d normally use a chilli sauce.

as a marinade – mix with a little olive oil and rub over tofu, chicken or meat before roasting , grilling or BBQing. Serve with extra harissa on the side.

in soups – either stir through to add spice and heat or serve as a dollup on top – a more exotic alternative to pesto

salad dressing – combine with equal parts lemon juice and olive oil for a potato salad dressing with a kick


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